The Braves released Milone (elbow) on Wednesday. The transaction opened up a spot on the 40-man roster for infielder Charlie Culberson, whose contract was selected ahead of the Braves' wild-card series opener Wednesday with the Reds. After being acquired from the Orioles on Aug. 30, Milone made only three starts for the Braves, posting a 14.90 ERA and 2.48 WHIP across 9.2 innings before he was shut down Sept. 10 with left elbow inflammation. Milone should be back to full health for the start of spring training in 2021.
Milone was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with left elbow inflammation. If this is anything other than very minor inflammation, Milone's season is probably over. He gave up eight earned runs in 3.1 innings in his last start. Huascar Ynoa was recalled in a corresponding move. With Cole Hamels and Max Fried expected back next week, the Braves won't necessarily need to find another replacement option for the rotation.
Milone allowed eight runs on eight hits (two home runs) and two walks while striking out four across 3.1 innings in Wednesday's 29-9 win over the Marlins. He didn't factor into the decision in the Braves' victory. Milone was lucky to escape with a no-decision due to his offense putting up an NL-record run total. The southpaw threw a clean first frame before allowing two runs in the second, three in the third, and then three more in the fourth after Grant Dayton couldn't hold the runners he inherited from Milone. Since being shipped to the Braves on Aug. 30, Milone has a 14.90 ERA to go along with a 2.48 WHIP in three starts.
Milone didn't factor into the decision in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Nationals, allowing one run on six hits over four innings. He struck out three. The veteran southpaw threw 43 of 65 pitches before exiting, and while the Nats had runners in scoring position in three of Milone's four frames, he was able to limit the damage. He pitched well enough to remain in Atlanta's rotation for now, and his next turn is scheduled for Wednesday, at home against the Marlins.
Milone gave up seven runs on eight hits and struck out two over 2.1 innings in a no-decision versus the Phillies on Sunday. Milone, who was traded from the Orioles to the Braves earlier Sunday, struggled in his debut with his new team. Didi Gregorius and Rhys Hoskins clubbed homers off the southpaw before he was relieved by Luke Jackson. Milone now has a 5.68 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in 31.2 innings across seven starts. Perhaps without a whirlwind of events, Milone will perform better in his next start, currently expected to be during next weekend's series versus the Nationals.
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